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    2nd season of 'Sprites' takes flight - Variety 3/1/07

    Second season of 'Sprites' takes flight

    Disney Channel renews preschool show

    'Jonny and the Sprites'

    By Michael Schneider
    Variety
    March 1, 2007

    The Disney Channel has given a second-season order to breakout preschool skein "Johnny and the Sprites."

    Show, which bowed Jan. 13, is part of the cabler's toddler-centric "Playhouse Disney" program block. Tony Award nominee John Tartaglia ("Avenue Q") stars and exec produces the show.

    "Johnny and the Sprites" features Tartaglia as a singer who inherits a home in the country, populated by creatures known as Sprites. The puppets and Tartaglia sing songs written for the show by Broadway talent such as Stephen Schwartz ("Wicked"), Gary Adler ("Altar Boyz") and Mark Hollmann ("Urinetown").

    Show usually ranks among the top 10 basic cable skeins among kids 2-5.
    "When we developed 'Johnny and the Sprites,' our goal was to create entertaining and educational content while introducing our viewers to the world of Broadway style music," said Disney Channel senior VP for original programming Nancy Kanter. "Since our premiere we have experienced extremely gratifying ratings and feedback telling us that our stories and music are resonating with kids and their parents."

    Season two of "Johnny and the Sprites" will shoot this fall at New York's Kaufman Astoria Studios.
    http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...goryid=14&cs=1

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    Re: 2nd season of 'Sprites' takes flight - Variety 3/1/07

    the guy that plays johnny is currently playing Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway
    If we chase the stars to lose our shadow, Peter Pan and Wendy turned out fine.

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    Re: 2nd season of 'Sprites' takes flight - Variety 3/1/07

    Right you are, thanks!

    Tartaglia's "Sprites" Renewed for Second Season

    By Andrew Gans
    Playbill.com
    01 Mar 2007


    John Tartaglia stars in "Johnny and the Sprites" on the Disney Channel.
    photo by Disney Channel
    Current Beauty and the Beast star John Tartaglia and his furry friends, the Sprites, have reason to celebrate.

    Tartaglia's Disney Channel children's show, "Johnny and the Sprites," has been renewed for a second season, Variety reports. Filming will begin in the fall at the Kaufman Astoria Studios.

    Part of the Disney Channel's "Playhouse Disney" program block, "Johnny and the Sprites" often ranks in the top ten of cable shows aimed for children ages two to five.
    Nancy Kanter, Disney Channel's senior vice-president for original programming, told the industry paper, "When we developed 'Johnny and the Sprites,' our goal was to create entertaining and educational content while introducing our viewers to the world of Broadway style music." In fact, the show often features songs penned by such theatre writers as Stephen Schwartz, Gary Adler and Mark Hollmann.

    Kanter added, "Since our premiere we have experienced extremely gratifying ratings and feedback telling us that our stories and music are resonating with kids and their parents."

    "Johnny and the Sprites" which teaches children "about magic in the world around them" airs on the Disney Channel at 10 AM ET Saturdays; check local listings. John Tartaglia made his Broadway debut in Avenue Q. He received a Tony nomination, a Theatre World Award and the Clarence Derwent Award for that performance. The singer-actor also appeared in the Children of Eden and Hair benefit concerts and in the City Center Encores! presentation of Carnival. His TV credits include eight seasons on "Sesame Street" as well as "Animal Jam," "Bear in the Big Blue House," "***** Eye for the Straight Guy" and "The Rosie O'Donnell Show." Tartaglia was also seen in the Empty-Handed concerts at the Lucille Lortel Theatre and has performed solo evenings at the Ars Nova and Joe's Pub. He currently plays Lumiere in Broadway's Beauty and the Beast.
    For more information visit www.disney.go.com/disneychannel.
    "Johnny and the Sprites"
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    http://www.playbill.com/news/article/106142.html

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